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Hospitals (Competitive Tendering)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 9th November 1988.

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Photo of Mr Michael Forsyth Mr Michael Forsyth , Stirling 12:00 am, 9th November 1988

Since December 1987, when I asked health boards to re-examine the potential for competitive tendering they have been awarding contracts for catering and domestic services. By the beginning of November 39 contracts had been awarded, which will produce estimated savings over the next three years of over £14·5 million. A few more contracts are still to be awarded during this current round and thereafter boards will press ahead with further tendering.